Thursday, April 19, 2018

Science is KNOWLEDGE

We are at the dawn of a new day, the Kingdom Age is to be and as I scan the world by news stories I see scriptures in a different but complete light. Today it seems to be the darkest ever ..... For ---->Isaiah declared,

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” Isaiah 60:2.

Yet it is also spoken by another Prophet, that “the path of the just is as the shining light, that SHINETH MORE AND MORE (brighter and brighter) UNTO THE PERFECT DAY” Proverbs 4:18.

What a time to stand and behold .... Light and Darkness, Knowledge and Ignorance growing side by side as two trees growing in a garden. The KNOWLEDGE OF GOD and the KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL which is nothing more nor less than IGNORANCE OF GOD!

The world today has many of these trees about and no matter what, Sonship is the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD and they are the ones that shall be used by God in this hour for His glory and Kingdom!

Why do I feel this is the dawn of a new day? SCIENCE!!!!!! See the word science is the Latin word SCIENTIA meaning “knowledge.”

QUOTE - Science is defined as “knowledge of facts and laws based upon careful observations and logic verified by means of experiment and additional observation.” Thus, science is simply that broad field of HUMAN KNOWLEDGE. ................END OF QUOTE.

The cry everywhere in this day is for education and knowledge. School ..... brings knowledge and knowledge will bring wealth and wealth will bring a life.

How blind and ignorant are the many that ignore the knowledge of God!

33+ years ago one of the first books of the bible I was reading and studying was the book of Daniel. O trust me many asked why such a book but I had in my heart the desire to read that book. Well looking today at this world of SCIENCE I understand with my eyes the Prophet Daniel.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED” Daniel 12:4.

If you don't believe me look at the device in your hand you are reading this form? Or the fact I'm sitting at my desk posting this from home in Lethbridge Canada and many of you are from Kenya.

SCIENCE or the KNOWLEDGE of man is indeed INCREASED as the Prophet said!

Knowledge is Fellowship.

Many think good works is being a follower of Jesus but that is not what it means to follow the Lord. Life is what shows any that look upon a follower of Jesus and that life is what is heard from the mouth of them that teach and preach the Word of life.

See the Word of life draws any to fellowship with the Father. The knowledge of good and evil binds one to a doctrine of a church. God is looking for sons to be a vessel of His fullness.

The Apostle Paul shows us the truth concerning them that follow not ---->“Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being alienated from the life of God through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS of their hearts” Ephesians 4:18.

Paul also has a Word for them that follow the Lord, “God, who commanded the light to shine OUT OF darkness, hath shined IN OUR hearts, to give the LIGHT of the KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6.

How clear this is to see: DARKNESS and IGNORANCE, LIGHT and KNOWLEDGE.

“wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness” Ecclesiastes 2:13.

The KNOWLEDGE OF GOD is light to the soul, whereas IGNORANCE OF GOD equals a state of darkness. The KNOWLEDGE OF GOD will bring one into the life of God and that one will be a vessel to bring others into that life.

That which was from the beginning, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN with our eyes, which we have LOOKED upon, and our hands have HANDLED, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH US: and truly our fellowship IS WITH THE Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Renewed in the spirit of Your Mind.

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:8,9

Three types of trees?

1) tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
2) the tree of life also
3) and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Adam you can eat of EVERY tree in the garden "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:" Genesis 2:16,1
So good was in every tree in the garden but when combined with evil we see the law of sin and death.

Many today think that being good or doing good can save them. All it does is produce death no matter how good good can be. The good of God can only be experienced through participation in the life of God. Evil mingled with man’s good produced DEATH. And even before he fell, all of man’s good, of itself, could not give him true LIFE – only the tree of life could give man eternal, divine, incorruptible life!

John saw this truth when he by the Holy Spirit wrote ---->That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3

QUOTE - The knowledge of good and evil always concerns itself with external behavior and judges all things upon the basis of whether it is “good” or “evil.” Man, as long as he walks in this realm of the fall, the knowledge of good and evil, can only understand and judge within this framework: is a thing good or is it evil? He then presumes that if a thing is “good” it must be of GOD! Nothing could be farther from the truth. If “good” was acceptable with God then man could surely be justified by “the works of the law.” The “good” of man is the good of the creature – not the good of the Creator! end of quote


It is the "Word" of life. Woman listened to her own carnal reasoning .... Notice

1) She lies (God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.) See God did say "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: ..... No where did God say not to touch it.

2) Her second lie is "lest ye die" God said  "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." She dropped the word "surely" And "surely" =to die, kill.

Putting "surely die" together is to say 'As long as you are dust you shall die and if you eat of that tree you shall die from my life, for your knowledge will be of good and evil and not the knowledge of life."

After She lies she then adds the works of God to her lies to justify the eating of the tree of knowledge.

1) "the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes" See God grew "every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;..." Notice the works of God is pleasant to the SIGHT, and good for food. Yet she looks at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thinks to her self "when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,"

This tree of knowledge is good for food no longer the knowledge of God and not only that it is pleasant to the "EYES." Woman lost sight of God's life to place her eyes (mind, thoughts) upon the wrong tree and then within her mind she reasons "...a tree to be DESIRED to make one wise"

Her desire is knot upon Him but upon being wise by the knowledge of good and evil.

See the knowledge of the Lord is Life. The knowledge of good and evil is Law. Law brings the restraint of evil and the definition of what is good. The problem is that when man came into the knowledge of GOOD and EVIL he did not come into a better condition. Man came to know “good and evil” but he didn’t come to KNOW GOD!

He now possesses a knowledge of the good and the evil but he does not possess the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! He merely added evil to his good producing a mixture of the two, but in so doing he forfeited THE LIFE AND GLORY AVAILABLE TO HIM IN THE TREE OF LIFE.

He chose good and evil – but missed LIFE! He chose good and evil – he missed GOD!

That is the state of mankind today and as long as they don't see that truth they shall die in their sin! “For to be CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH; but to be spiritually "minded" is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. For if ye LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE” Romans 8:6-7,13

Again: “He that soweth to his FLESH shall OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION; but he that soweth to the SPIRIT (tree of life) shall OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING” Galatians 6:8

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

And be RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:23,24

The whole objective of God in the creation, and now in redemption, is not for me to be either “good” man or “evil” man, but to be the manifested sons of God. The Word of life is changing and transforming my life, not for the the improvement of my behavior but the development of THE LIFE OF GOD within me.

Those who would be sons of God must understand what the fundamental difference between life and works is. Simply speaking, life is growth, while works are human actions. That which is produced by our own human efforts is works – the “good” part of the fall, of the tree of knowledge.

Only that which is produced naturally from the development of the life of God within us IS LIFE. Only that which is of life pertains to the realm of sonship.

So many confuse the flesh and the carnal mind with the Word, the life of God and say God is doing or that God said so.

Sonship is being an overcomer, being one that hears the light of the Word and turns from the darkness of the carnal mind.

Hear the light ---->He who is in union with the tree of life has the power to offer that to others of which they can eat and live.

Let MYSTERY BABYLON harlots sit at the base of the mountain and fight for her title rights. The true sons of God will see Him AS HE IS and as so they shall be AS HE IS!

Hear what the Spirit says unto them that have ears to hear ---->"if you would be a Royal Priesthood after the order of Melchizadek, after the power of an endless life, learn, I say, to abide in Christ. Learn, if you would rule and reign over nations, if you would bless all the families of the earth in that glorious age to come, learn, I say, to ABIDE IN CHRIST, to know HIM AS LIFE, and you shall surely reign and bless. As surely as the branch abiding in a fruitful vine bears fruit, so surely, yea, much more surely, will a son abiding in Christ with His fullness of life and blessing be made life and blessing unto the ends of the earth!"

The Spirit and the bride say COME!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

As the Lord Commanded

In my studies I am amazed to find "as the Lord commanded" written 18 times alone in the last two chapters of Exodus. Moses did ALL ACCORDING to what God had showed Him.

As one looks at these "as the Lord commanded" one sees it was a dwelling place, a PERFECT EXPRESSION of God’s will coming to abide within. A temple for Him!

The only acceptation is that it be "as the Lord commanded."

As New Testament sons of God we also must know that God gives the Holy Ghost “to them that obey him” (Act 5:32) and that He will “grant unto us to be MIGHTILY STRENGTHENED by His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16) If we give up ourselves to the POWER it shall RULE IN US and the POWER will rule THROUGH US.

We CAN’T posses the Spirit of MIGHT, we MUST ALLOW HIM TO GET POSSESSION OF US!

See unconditional submission and obedience to the Power in our inner life is the one condition of our being clothed with it.

For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, they ARE the sons of God. Romans 8:14

God dwells in fulness in those SONS OF OBEDIENCE!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fulness IN Christ IN Them.

God’s Word is amazing and I always find the little things speak the loudest.

Take for instances ‘in Christ.’

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect (mature) in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Colossians 1:27-29

Since “Christ in you” is the hope of glory, then you in Christ must certainly BE THE GLORY.

For “GOD was in Christ, ... reconciling the world unto Himself,” and “if any man BE IN CHRIST he is a new creation” 2 Corinthians 5:17, 19

A new creation is one that has entered the realm where God dwells. For God is Spirit and in that realm, one is a new creation of that one and only Spirit. No longer is he of the earth, earthy, but one Spirit with the Lord from heaven. “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be MADE PERFECT IN ONE” John 17:23

Now this oneness is no unity of doctrine or organization as the man-made church systems would have us think, but individual members baptized into one body and that body IS THE BODY OF CHRIST.

As He has me pressing in by His grace and Spirit I have seen how, “in Christ” and “fulness” belong together.

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the FULNESS OF HIM THAT FILLETH ALL IN ALL. Ephesians 1:22,23

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; .... For IN HIM dwelleth all the FULNESS of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power: ... Colossians 1:19; 2:9,10

“fulness’ is translated from the Greek word PLEROMA which means “to make replete; to cram; to level up.

So by His Spirit we see that IN CHRIST the TRUE fulness is found: that He as the Son of God has all the plenitude of the Godhead in Him, in full measure and running over!

“For it has pleased the Father that ALL THE DIVINE FULLNESS – the SUM TOTAL of the divine perfection, powers and attributes – should dwell in Him permanently. For in Him the whole fullness of Deity continues to dwell in bodily form – giving COMPLETE EXPRESSION to the divine nature” Colossians 1:19; 2:9 Amplified Bible

IN CHRIST WE ARE FILLED WITH THE GODHEAD!

“And He has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His body, THE FULLNESS OF HIM Who fills all in all – for IN THAT BODY lives the FULL MEASURE OF HIM Who makes everything complete... and YOU ARE IN HIM, MADE FULL ...” Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 2:10.

GLORY!!!!

How we MUST see that since the true fulness of God, dwells permanently in Christ Jesus, and since we are IN HIM, all that divine PLEROMA (fulness) becomes ours. Whatever perfection is in God, in His knowledge, power, strength, might, wisdom, love, holiness, this fills up to the full our measure of capacity.

GLORY!!!!

In the KJV it reads in Colossians 2:9,10 .... For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are ‘complete’ in him .....

Now the word ‘complete’ is the Greek word PLEROO which is the root from which is derived PLEROMA. So we can see that the Holy Spirit is saying that CHRIST IS FULL of the Godhead and IN HIM we are MADE FULL to the very same measure. The Greek text does not say “Ye are made full in Him,” but “Ye are in Him, made full.”

‘IN Christ’ dwells the fulness, and the same fulness dwells in us as we dwell IN HIM!

“...And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be FILLED WITH ALL the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

The word ‘with’ can also be UNTO. So Ephesians 3:19 can read “That you might be filled UNTO all the fullness of God.”

It is God’s purposes to reveal in, upon and through His manifested sons, His very own image, likeness and dominion. God does not purpose to make us little “samples” of Deity. God does not look upon us as little beings who shall display little of his power.

NO!

He purposes to increase and enlarge His sons capacities forever and ever till they are filled UNTO all the fullness of God!

"Therefore let us go on and GET PAST THE ELEMENTARY STAGE in the teachings and doctrine of Christ ... advancing steadily toward completeness and perfection that belongs to spiritual maturity." Hebrews 6:1, 2 Amplified Bible

Time to GROW UP IN Christ!

"For every one who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness, that is, of conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, for he is a MERE INFANT – NOT ABLE TO TALK YET! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses are trained..." Hebrews 5:13,14 Amplified Bible

The fulness of God IN Christ lies beyond all these elementary principles, which are just GRAMMAR SCHOOL for those who would be sons indeed. They constitute the "in part" realm in which we move before that which is PERFECT is come. LET US GO ON TO PERFECTION is the present call of the Spirit.

If you choose to remain there you simply will never arrive at spiritual maturity in God.

“... And what is the EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF HIS POWER to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITY AND POWER, and MIGHT, and DOMINION, and every name that is named...” Ephesians 2:19-21

That is the POWER given unto His matured manifested sons!!!!!

The very fulness of God withIN Christ for His sons to know and walk in is His “mighty power which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places...”

“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, UNTIL I make Thine enemies Thy footstool” Psalms 110:1 This was God’s intent in CREATION when He created man! This was God’s purpose in REDEMPTION when He redeemed man!

There will ARISE overcomers who shall conquer and become absolutely victorious over all the opposing forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil – before this dispensation draws to a close!

AMEN

Monday, April 9, 2018

Final Purpose of Redemption


From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

Up until Jesus Christ it was the kingdom of Adam. The kingdom of Adam reigns no more for the manifested sons of God for they no longer want to be ruled by the carnal mind but be transformed by the Word of life.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Act 10:38

The reign of God is now at hand and His reign shall be seen through His sons for they shall walk in the power and might of Him and Him alone!

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the FATHER IN ME? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, HE DOETH THE WORKS” John 14:10

It is one thing for man to reign FOR GOD, and quite another for GOD TO REIGN THROUGH MAN.

".... For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness SHALL REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.)" Romans 5:17

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast REDEEMED US TO GOD by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: AND WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH. Revelation 5:9,10

It is only when the power from above reaches down and touches earth that it can be raised and quickened, transformed from the image of the earthly into the image of the heavenly.

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the HEAVENLY CALLING ... if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are ABOVE, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" Hebrews 3:1; Colossians 3:1-3

As long as one is bound to the earth by MYSTERY BABYLON harlots of a rapture of the church or heaven as another place, that one will NEVER be used IN the kingdom of God!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings IN heavenly places IN Christ ... Ephesians 1:3

The heavenly places IN Christ is the realm where the Lord now rules with absolute authority and dominion.

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art IN heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as IN heaven, so IN earth. Luke 11:12

The will of the Father is being done IN heaven, IN the realm of spirit, and His will shall also be done IN earth, the realm of the physical, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted IN the earth. Psalm 46:10

If any believer has not yet reached the degree of reigning for God, he has missed God's purpose in creating man. There must be such people prepared by God that through them the authority of God can be executed and the Kingdom of God can come upon earth.

Behold, I give unto you power (AUTHORITY) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

Praise God, all that the adversaries of this present age have is POWER - but what the Lord gives His sons is AUTHORITY. This shows that authority is over power and can control power; therefore authority is greater than power.

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20

The Lord gives His sons authority in order to deal with all the power of the enemy.

It will be through His manifested sons that His authority can be executed and the kingdom of God can come in power upon the earth. It is through the body of Jesus Christ that God will bind Satan and destroy his power. It is through the body of Christ that life and blessing shall be ministered so that all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

His name will be honored in the whole earth, his kingdom established and His glorious will done.

This is the commission of God’s sons. This is the final purpose of our redemption!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Counsel of God .... Purpose and Will!

Lets look at the counsel of God ....

1) “Offered counsel”
2)“Determinate counsel”

Offered counsel may be rejected or accepted by the counselee, for its sole object is to display openly the spiritual condition of the one to whom counsel is offered. If the receiver is reprobate he will reject the divine Counsel of God.

Where as determinate counsel is another matter! This counsel is never offered on a take it or leave it basis. It is guaranteed to come to pass, precisely as declared, for it is pre-determined by a sovereign God whose absolute will cannot and will not be changed.

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My COUNSEL SHALL STAND, and I will do all my pleasure: ... Isaiah 46:9,10

Having purposed within Himself, having determined in his own heart what shall be His plan and what shall take place, because it pleased Him in His own holy nature that it should, the Lord knows the end from the beginning, because the all things which do take place do so at His good pleasure.

Peter, on the day of Pentecost, declared with assurance that the reason that the Jews succeeded in murdering Jesus was that their will and purpose expressed by their counsel, fulfilled the will and purpose and counsel of God Himself .... Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Act 2:23

Even a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, said .... And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, YE CANNOT OVERTHROW IT; lest haply ye be found even to FIGHT AGAINST God.

Ohhhhhh how many fight against the counsel of God with their MYSTERY BABYLON church doctrines, creeds and traditions. Proclaiming an eternal hell, a place of no return for the unbeliever. Standing in the way of God's counsel with their lying hearts as the Pharisees and lawyers REJECTED THE COUNSEL OF GOD against themselves.

Though I see the COUNSEL of God in this end of age is to raise up His sons, for the down fall of the so called modern Church was for seen by Him.

For the manifested (overcoming) sons of God are the “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,” whose salvation and ultimate perfection is based upon God’s ordained and Determinate Counsel.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN Christ: According as he hath CHOSEN US IN him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him IN LOVE: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure OF HIS WILL, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein HE HAT MADE US accepted IN the beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

Since the counsel of our God and Father is fixed, can never be altered, the writer of Hebrews declares: “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the IMMUTABILITY OF HIS COUNSEL, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge TO LAY HOLD UPON THE HOPE SET BEFORE US: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, and which entereth into that within the veil: whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizadek” Hebrews 6:17-20

To see His counsel, is to know His counsel AND SHALL come to pass for thee.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are THE called according to his purpose.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

QUOTE - I admit that I see myself as falling far short of that image of the beloved Son, as Paul also confessed that he did not count himself as having apprehended. The perfection of the body of Christ, the glory that shall follow, a glory so transcendent that it shall reconcile the world back to God, seems so remote at times, through the sure word of the Lord has been firmly established in our hearts.

As some ignorantly misjudge the skill and wisdom of a great architect and builder by his unfinished work, so also many in their ignorance now misjudge God by His unfinished work; by and by, when the rough scaffolding of carnality and evil, which has been permitted for the processing of God’s sons and instruction of mankind, and which shall finally be overruled will universally declare His infinite wisdom and power; and His plans will be seen to be in harmony with His glorious character. END OF QUOTE

“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, SO SHALL IT BE.” ... “The Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” ... “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me ... My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure ... yea, I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” Isaiah 14:24-27, 46:9-11

Therefore, as manifested sons of God, and heirs of a promised inheritance, we MUST separate ourselves from every system of man, from every work of the flesh to consecrate ourselves wholly and unreservedly to the COUNSEL OF GOD that we may, by His bountiful mercy and divine grace, apprehend that for which we are also apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Will And Purpose Of God


The Will And Purpose Of God - Des Walter


Christianity has had a checkered career over the last 2000 years, spawning numerous variations, some trivial but some very dynamic. It would seem that the focus of most Christians has been on the establishing of the thing called CHURCH. If it were judged by the amount of money, effort and manpower involved, it would be safe to say, no other issue involving Christianity is of more importance.

The strange thing is that Jesus never once suggested that the disciples or anyone else should become involved in establishing a “Church.” There is no command in scripture concerning such a project, in fact Jesus said very plainly, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” It could only be that we are either ignorant of what Jesus was talking about, or we believe he is falling down on the job and needs our help!

Personally I believe both of these to be the reason for our preoccupation with the establishing of the organization we call “CHURCH.” In some cases there is a Church building on nearly every corner. Each one with its own identifying name on the notice board, and the name of the man in charge. The size of the congregation depends mostly on the eloquence and knowledge of the preacher, but the list of facilities also plays a big part. There is often fierce competition between Churches for members, as they represent the only source of income in most cases. 
For this reason the people are taught “Tithing” is obligatory in God’s eyes today, especially if we want his blessing on our lives. This belief system has led to the development of the “MEGA” churches, with the focus on NUMBERS. The more members they have the more finance they have which allows them to expand their program and influence as far as they desire. Some of these are now termed as “WORLD MINISTRIES” giving the leaders Dignitary Status, and a life style equal to successful entertainers.

In looking honestly at what is called “Church”, we must ask the question, “Is it fulfilling the function Christ spoke about while he was on the earth?” If it is, then we must applaud those who give the millions to support it, and those who often neglect families to give of their time and talents, to build it.” BUT looking at the results that are not fulfilled we discover faithful Christians in the Church get sick, many are divorced, some with children on drugs, committing crimes, just as the rest of society who are not part of the Church! So we must ask the question, if this thing called “Church” is what God has planned, why is it is not affecting society more and stemming the tide of evil in the world. It would be hard to argue against the fact that the “church” has become largely irrelevant in today’s world.

Businessmen often join the largest church in the town more for prestige than for spiritual reasons. Some donate large amounts of money in the hope that it will put them in good standing with the community and hopefully with God.

Now my reason for expressing these “negative” thoughts is not because I oppose the “church” in its present form, and would seek to destroy it, for Jeremiah said “Babylon is a golden cup in the hand of the Lord.” However I believe it to be important for us to have a clear picture of the CHURCH that Jesus spoke about, in Matthew 16.
What is the Church?
 
Generations of brain washing have convinced many people that the Church is the BUILDING with a cross on the top. There is also a good percentage of Christians who believe that this building called Church is where we find God. We are taught that it is the place to which we GO, if we want to worship God or to hear what God is saying to us today. These concepts are so ingrained that to take Church away from most Christians would bring on a spiritual heart attack in some, and in others a lingering death. In Islamic controlled countries where churches are destroyed, it means Christianity cannot function, for its center has been removed. In China when Communism took over the country, the government confiscated the Church buildings turning them into factories, and put the Pastors in prison and so for most, Christianity was dealt a deathblow. But for one group of people known as the “Little Flock” which was influenced by Watchman Nee, praise and worship continued with little change, but out of sight. Why was this so? The Red Guards came to arrest their leaders, but the people replied, “We only have ONE LEADER and his name is Jesus Christ, and he dwells in HEAVEN.”

So they could not arrest anyone as a leader even though eventually Watchman Nee was arrested. But they asked where their “Church Buildings” were, and the people said we meet in that shed and under that tree and in that field. So there was no property that they could take. The communists could not understand these “Christians.” Their Christian lives continued on except they met in cellars and in caves. They could not advertise any gatherings but people would just come together as if drawn by some imperceptible voice to a certain place at a certain time. In this study I want to help you to discover THE WILL AND PURPOSE OF GOD, for your life today. God has become so closely aligned with Church, that in Christian thinking today, the two are almost synonymous. The result is that people GO TO CHURCH to meet with God and worship him. The inference is that they assume that is where GOD IS. However let us consider for a moment what the BIBLE means when it speaks about the CHURCH. 
In Matt. 16:13 Jesus asked the disciples who do men say that I the Son of Man am? They replied that people had some ideas, but the truth is they really did not know who he was. Then Jesus went further and asked the disciples the same question, and Peter responded by saying, “Thou art the CHRIST the SON of the Living God.” Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because flesh and blood could never have discovered his identity, but he had received the revelation from his Father in heaven. Mat 16:18 - And I also say unto thee. "The emphasis is not on “Thou art Peter” over against “Thou art the Christ,” but on “The Father hath revealed to you one truth, and now I will tell you another truth, I will build my church.”

It is most important for us to listen carefully to what Jesus had to say, for his words have largely gone unheeded today. Peter was not speaking out of a knowledge that he developed in himself, BUT HE HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD. Jesus went on to say, “Upon this ROCK I will build my Church.” The Catholic Church believes Jesus was speaking about Peter the MAN as the ROCK, so developing the concept of PAPAL SUPREMACY based upon this disciple. But God help us if the CHURCH IS built upon Peter for he denied the Lord three times at his trial.

Let scripture answer the question for us concerning this ROCK. In Deut 32:4 we are told that The Lord, “He is the ROCK, and the ROCK of our salvation.” In verse 18 Moses speaks about the ROCK that begat thee, or gave birth to them. “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.” So we know that this is not some literal ROCK, nor could it refer to Peter, but refers to The Lord himself. Peter certainly did not “birth” us and neither did the Living Water flow from Peter, but from CHRIST.

Having established the identity of the ROCK we now know the ONE upon whom the Church is built. It is the ROCK that is CHRIST. Paul tells us that “Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid which is Jesus Christ.” The foundation of the Church is not a set of doctrines but a PERSON. It is therefore plain for us to see that the CHURCH Jesus spoke of cannot be a physical structure or an organization, because it is founded upon CHRIST, WHO IS SPIRIT. Further proof of this is, that those who constitute the Church have all been BEGOTTEN or BIRTHED out of that same ROCK, and therefore they also must be SPIRIT. To say that Christ is the ROCK, upon which the Church is built, is only a small part of the answer. 
Let us look closely at this revelation. Peter was the only one of the disciples who was able to tell the identity of Jesus that day. Jesus was a MAN with flesh and blood who was born of a woman thus identifying him with all of humanity according to the scriptures. “For as much as the children (of God) are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their lifetime, (from the cradle to the grave) subject to bondage.” Heb 2:14-15.

Everyone who looked at Jesus saw a MAN, who in the natural sense looked no different from any other man. Nicodemus “saw” something unique about him because of the things he could do that other men could not do. But that day Peter saw beyond his natural vision into the reality of things. Instead of seeing Jesus as simply a MAN, he saw him as the CHRIST (Gk – CHRISTOS) the spiritual manifestation of the living God, dwelling in a body of flesh. Paul declared him to be the, “Image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Col. 1:5.

What Peter was looking at, was the MAN God created in the beginning in his own likeness and image Gen 1:26. It is interesting that Abraham also “SAW” this Christ even in his day, and so was able to birth him in the Spirit according to Matt 1:1. Abraham’s faith not only allowed him to see the CHRIST but also to see “HIS SEED” as the stars of heaven. This is a heavenly company of people all having the same quality as the Christ himself. They are the CALLED OUT ONES or the CHURCH that Jesus said he would build. In Hebrews 11:10 we are told that Abraham, “Looked for a city that has FOUNDATIONS, whose builder and maker is God.” As we look all over this world there is no social structure, government or organization that has eternal FOUNDATIONS or could be attributed to GOD as the builder. The only BUILDING in this whole universe that has eternal foundations and has the evidence that it is a building of GOD is THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY. Here I am not referring to the human organization that most people call the Church today.

In order to pursue the Spiritual nature of the CHURCH we must look further into the life of Abraham to see many wonderful truths revealed. God told Abraham that he would have a child who would be his heir. However Abraham and Sarah could not conceive under normal circumstances because Sarah was well past the time of child bearing. So being ignorant of God’s ways, they planned to have the child by NATURAL MEANS, using Hagar as a surrogate mother. Everyone was happy when Ishmael was born, for now Abraham had his heir.

But God had other plans that would over ride anything man could do. Abraham was told that Sarah would bear him a child who would be his heir, which caused Sarah to laugh. In the fullness of time Isaac was born, and as he grew so did the tension between himself and Ishmael, as well as between their mothers also. God had to finally direct Abraham to send Hagar and her child away as there was no inheritance for them in Abraham. This principle was made clear to Nicodemus when Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh IS FLESH, and that which is born of the SPIRIT is SPIRIT. “ Jn 3:3-5.

This was a hard lesson for Abraham to learn, but there were greater things that he was yet to learn over Isaac. The word of the Lord came to him one day saying, “Take now thine ONLY SON Isaac, whom thou lovest and get thee into the land of Moriah, AND OFFER HIM THERE FOR A BURNT OFFERING UPON ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS WHICH I WILL TELL THEE OF.” Gen 22:2. Abraham did not hesitate but began his journey to Mount Moriah. The meaning of this word “MORIAH” is most instructive for it means “CHOSEN BY JEHOVAH.”

We must learn today that only God can choose the place of revelation for us, which is not necessarily geographical, but is provided by a set of divinely engineered circumstances. As they neared the place only Abraham and Isaac were allowed to proceed for they were going to WORSHIP THE LORD.
We cannot pass any of these details for they are all full of meaning to us as the Spirit opens our eyes to see the invisible. This is the first time the word “WORSHIP” is used in the Bible so it holds special meaning for us. Abraham and Isaac are going to W-O-R-S-H-I-P. Now most people only see Isaac being tied up and put on the altar, and Abraham about to kill him when a ram is caught in the bush and becomes the substitute sacrifice for Isaac. With that explanation in mind tell me, WHEN DID THEY WORSHIP THE LORD?

If worship involves tying up your son with a view to killing him as an offering to the Lord, and then wrestling with a wild goat and killing it so as to burn it totally on an altar, then I would not be very keen to be involved. What does the word “Worship” really mean? It means to bow down; to prostrate one’s self before God. What is it beloved that would cause us to prostrate ourselves before him?
Take off your shoes as we walk on Holy ground. Abraham and Isaac are going to WORSHIP, and it involves a BURNT OFFERING. Every sacrifice made under the Hebrew system was DEAD when it was OFFERED, and according to scripture God did not desire any of them. Heb 10:5. The only sacrifice that is acceptable to God is a LIVING SACRIFICE.

Now this was to be a BURNT OFFERING and that is very instructive. The Burnt offering is called in Hebrew olah; and means "ascending," the whole being consumed by fire and ascending to God while being consumed. Part of every offering was burnt in the sacred fire, but this was wholly burnt, a "whole burnt offering." It was the most frequent form of sacrifice, and apparently the only one mentioned in the book of Genesis. So now we understand the setting for Abraham’s worship. It was on the top of Mount Moriah, the place chosen by God where the temple was built in Jerusalem. The BURNT OFFERING that wholly belonged to God was to be Isaac, the only son of Abraham the bearer of the “SEED”. Let us now look with the eyes of the Spirit as the events unfold. God had given Abraham the Son of Promise as his heir but now asks Abraham to offer Isaac as a BURNT OFFERING on the altar. What was God asking? Abraham, I want you to yield up to me that physical representation (Isaac) of your SEED, for there cannot be TWO SEEDS, (Isaac and Christ) and I will give you back the REALITY that is eternal.

Ponder these words carefully beloved and let not your carnal mind rob you of the Truth given to you here. Remember Isaac was Abraham’s ONLY son (given by God) and the one whom he loved. There was a beautiful but natural bond manifest here between father and son, which we do not despise nor rob it of its natural beauty. However in the final analysis it is only God’s purpose and desire that really matter, for they are part of eternity. So was that miracle birth of Isaac simply to bring joy to a barren couple in their old age. I think not!

THIS WAS THE SEED OF GOD bridging heaven and earth, having an EARTHLY FORM but a HEAVENLY REALITY. Abraham had to look beyond the external and see into the true nature of things by the Spirit. Thus Abraham was TESTED so that he would discover for himself whether he lived in the natural realm or the realm of SPIRIT wherein are all the REALITIES OF LIFE?
“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, AS IN A STRANGE COUNTRY, DWELLING IN TABERNACLES (TENTS) WITH ISAAC AND JACOB (WHO HAD NOT YET BEEN BORN) WHO WERE HEIRS WITH HIM OF THE SAME PROMISE. FOR HE LOOKED FOR A CITY WHICH HATH FOUNDATIONS WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD.” Heb 11:9-10.

It was on Mount Moriah that Abraham found the TRUTH IN HIMSELF as he was willing to step beyond all that is natural concerning HIS SON Isaac, by offering him up totally as a burnt offering wholly acceptable to God. BUT no knife was used, and no death occurred FOR THIS WAS A SACRIFICE OF THE HEART. This is the kind of sacrifice God is looking for, A BROKEN SPIRIT AND A CONTRITE HEART. The testing of Abraham was complete and the voice of God spoke clearly to him, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do anything unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not with held thy son thine ONLY SON FROM ME.” This is the evidence of a broken and contrite heart.

Abraham received Isaac back (AS FROM THE DEAD) as CHRIST THE DIVINE SEED AND THE STARS OF HEAVEN, in whom all the promises of God are fulfilled. Such an offering is also required of you, beloved, but first you must CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN. The lowlands of human understanding will not equip you to render unto God that which is HIS. We must ascend the hill of the Lord where our vision mingles with Spirit and we see into the realities that the earthbound have never seen.

Paul challenges us; “I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your BODIES a LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD which is your Spiritual WORSHIP.” Rom 12:1. Here is the same test that Abraham faced on Mount Moriah. This challenge follows the chapter concerning the grafting in of the Gentiles to become partakers of the root and fatness of the Olive tree. Finally he states the basis for this challenge to present our bodies thus: -“FOR FROM HIM AND THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM ARE ALL THINGS, FOR ALL THINGS ORIGINATE WITH HIM AND COME FROM HIM, AND ALL THINGS LIVE THROUGH HIM, AND ALL THINGS CENTER IN AND TEND TO CONSUMMATE AND TO END IN HIM. TO HIM BE GLORY FOREVER AMEN. "Rom 11:36. Amp.

Paul uses the word “THEREFORE” which means, in view of what I have just said; I want you to present your bodies. What exactly does this mean to us today? OUR BODY was made to be a receptacle to contain the divine image and likeness. According to Paul everything found its origin in God, and everything depends upon God for its existence, and finally everything finds its fulfillment and consummation by returning to God. The presenting of our Bodies to God as a living sacrifice is an acknowledgement of our origin and the purpose of our being. However it goes far beyond this. Most Christians are looking for immortality for this physical body. Did Abraham want his natural son to LIVE FOREVER, NO! If immortalizing Isaac’s physical life was all that he desired then Abraham could never have birthed the CHRIST through Isaac his seed. BUT Abraham saw beyond the physical and so was willing to sacrifice his natural son Isaac as a LIVING SACRIFICE, because the reality of his existence in Abraham’s understanding was not the physical body he had, BUT THE CHRIST he represented.

In exactly the same way we must see ourselves not from the point of view of our physical BODY fulfilling God’s will and purpose, but by the SPIRIT to see our INCORPORATION in the CHRIST BODY. So as we present our bodies to God as a LIVING SACRIFICE it is HOLY and ACCEPTABLE unto the Lord. This is OUR “Mount of Olives” experience, where Christ himself was drawn by the Father to present HIS body as a LIVING SACRIFICE. In the spiritual “suffering” of that offering he sweat as it were great drops of blood. In terms of REALITY it was there, alone, while the disciples were sleeping, that the real SPIRITUAL sacrifice was made and not at Calvary. Jesus had warned the disciples to pray that they enter not into temptation. This is the testing to ascertain the quality of their integrity or their commitment to Christ.

The disciples were not yet ready for such a test as the NATURAL still dominated the Spiritual, and Jesus knew that. The fact that they slept through that ONE vital experience showed they still needed a spiritual awakening. 
The cross was the physical outworking of a completed SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE.

Christians today have so majored on the PHYSICAL SUFFERINGS AND THE LITERAL CROSS on which the body of Jesus died, that the true SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE that brings LIFE TO MANKIND has been largely ignored. That Spiritual sacrifice was THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS AS THE WILL OF GOD, ONCE FOR ALL, BY WHICH OFFERING WE ARE SANCTIFIED. Heb 10:10.

It is necessary that we be reminded from the history of Israel that the BRAZEN SERPENT Moses made at God’s request in the wilderness, that brought LIFE to a dying people, eventually became an IDOL and an object of worship. 2 Kings 18:4. Beloved it is time for us to put away our religious thinking and hear the voice of God. It was not the literal physical SERPENT OF BRASS on the pole that gave LIFE to those who were dying!! NO NO. It was that which the Brass Serpent represented that gave them life, and that was CHRIST.

Beloved it is not the wooden cross or the DEAD BODY that hung upon it that gives LIFE TO THE WORLD. It is what that cross represents in putting to death the OLD MAN in that Spiritual sacrifice that Christ made on behalf of all mankind. In 2 Cor 4:18 Paul states, “The things that are SEEN (physical) are only temporary, BUT THE THINGS THAT ARE UNSEEN (spiritual) THESE ARE ETERNAL. (The REALITIES) If we would follow the Master then we will also present OUR BODIES as a LIVING SACRIFICE, that the reality of what they represent in the SPIRITUAL scheme of things, might be realized. Paul says this is your SPIRITUAL WORSHIP. Christian’s world wide take a piece of bread or a cracker, and a sip of wine or grape juice, and say they have had “COMMUNION” and as a result they have received LIFE FROM GOD. Beloved these are only SYMBOLS of a HIGHER SPIRITUAL REALITY, and in themselves cannot bring life to you. Jesus said, “Except you eat THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, THERE IS NO LIFE IN YOU.” Jn 6:53. Was Jesus referring to the wafer and the sip of wine when he said those words.? What was Jesus really talking about?

The bread and the wine are just symbols being visible and physical, which DO REPRESENT a SPIRITUAL REALITY. But understand it is not the SYMBOLS that minister LIFE but the REALITY they represent. The Body and BLOOD of Christ is the SPIRIT AND SUBSTANCE OF HIS BEING, which we must EAT or assimilate into our being so that it becomes what we are. Jesus said, if we “EAT” his flesh and drink his blood it would imparts to us EVERLASTING LIFE, being a quality of LIFE enjoyed by Jesus Christ on this earth. Spirituality is the ability to see into the REALITY OF THINGS, no longer considering the VISIBLE to be the REALITY.

The Body of CHRIST

It is important for us to understand what these terms mean in the scriptures. Most Christians consider that all those who claim to belong to Christ constitute the BODY OF CHRIST, but this is not so. First of all let us look at our physical body in the context of Christ’s body. We must bear in mind that CHRIST is not a HUMAN BEING, and neither is it the Surname of Jesus. Christ is the Messiah of the Old Testament who was invisible, but was able to appear at certain times in bodily form for a particular purpose.

This is the one created in the image and likeness of God in the beginning, that God called MAN. John calls him THE WORD or LOGOS who was in the beginning with God and was God. There is no mention of any corporeal body in connection with this one. However John goes on to tell us, “And the WORD BECAME FLESH and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. If he BECAME FLESH then we know that he was not FLESH before he came to this earth.
 
It must be evident to all that if CHRIST is SPIRIT then his body must of necessity be of the same substance. This we would call a SPIRITUAL BODY. Our problem is that the majority considers this physical body to be all that we are. Therefore when they receive Christ they believe they have eternal life and will live forever in some ethereal heaven in this same body with a few adjustments. Christians speak of family ties in heaven, and meeting parents and relations who have passed on before. So to be “SAVED” means that, what we see in the mirror is “saved” and will live on forever. This is the concept of immortality most Christians accept.

In reality, IMMORTALITY is a LIFE we can live now, in which there is no fear of death in any of its forms, for it has been destroyed and no longer exists. “Forasmuch then as the children (of God) are partakers of FLESH and BLOOD he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through DEATH he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver them who THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH WERE ALL THEIR LIFETIME SUBJECT TO BONDAGE.” Heb 2:14

There are two basic parts to our being, the SOUL and the SPIRIT which form the SPIRITUAL, invisible part of man, and the BODY which is physical and material. When we speak of D-E-A-T-H we consider it to involve the taking of LIFE from the BODY. This is a traumatic experience for all Christians who still live in the carnal mind where what we can see is the reality. The CARNAL MIND says: - I am a separate entity from God, having come from the dust and will return to the dust, and THIS IS THE DEATH, which has come upon all men.

THE CARNAL MIND IS DEATH. While ever the Carnal mind functions in us, WE ARE DEAD. The GOOD NEWS is, that the WILL and PURPOSE of GOD for man has been revealed in Jesus Christ WHO HAS ABOLISHED DEATH, AND HAS BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL. 2 Tim 1:10. He did this by destroying the power of DEATH, that is the CARNAL MIND. He declared, “I and my Father are ONE,” with no separation at all. He said, “It is the FATHER IN ME that does the works.” He made it plain that the will of God is that we all may be ONE, as thou Father art in me and I am in thee, that they also may be one in us. He never suggested that we are, or could be separated from him.

This beloved, is the GOSPEL that destroys him (the carnal mind) that has the POWER OF DEATH, by convincing us that God and MAN exist separated from each other. It was because of the carnal mind that Nicodemus was told he MUST BE BORN FROM ABOVE before he could SEE the Kingdom of God. Jesus declared that GOD was his Father, but the Jews claimed Abraham was their Father. They did not believe that Isaac’s birth was not just a physical birth, but it was Spiritual. Sarah could not conceive nor give birth at 90 years when her body no longer had the capacity for such things, but BECAUSE GOD HAD PROMISED, the child was born. The carnal mind only recognized ABRAHAM and not GOD.

Because we are SPIRIT created in Christ Jesus and not just flesh and blood, we must also have a SPIRITUAL BODY. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. So there must be another ETERNAL BODY that belongs to those that are SPIRIT.BEINGS Paul suggests that we already know about such a “body.’

“For we know that if our EARTHLY HOUSE of this tabernacle (Temporary Tent) were dissolved, WE HAVE (not will get) WE HAVE a BUILDING OF GOD, A HOUSE (not a tent) NOT MADE WITH HANDS E-T-E-R-N-A-L IN THE HEAVENS. 2 Cor 5:1. Where is that “BODY” NOW? This is the ”BODY” Christ has NOW IN THE GLORY, which is not a flesh and blood Body Christendom tells us he has up in the sky somewhere. Flesh and blood cannot dwell in the realm of Spirit. But I want you to notice that Paul uses the word “BODY” in the singular and never in the plural with regard to the BODY OF CHRIST. THERE IS ONLY ONE BODY OF CHRIST!! There are not a million SPIRITUAL BODIES IN THE HEAVENS waiting for us to put them on.!! THERE IS ONLY ONE and that one is THE BODY OF CHRIST.

That BODY is available for us N-O-W to put on, so we are told to PUT OFF the old man and his way of life, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO THE DECEITFUL DESIRES, AND BE renewed in the spirit of your mind. Then PUT ON THE N-E-W MAN (WHICH IS CHRIST) WHICH AFTER GOD IS CREATED (NOT BORN) IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUE HOLINESS.

Paul says, “If any man be IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION.” 2 Cor 5:17. Beloved we are speaking in this section about the BODY OF CHRIST about which Church theology has distorted the Truth leaving the saints confused.. Every one who is BORN OF GOD was CREATED IN CHRIST Eph 2:10. So in the realm of Spirit or heaven, there will only be that MANY MEMBERED MAN that is CHRIST. James confirms our origin when he says, “Of his OWN WILL BEGAT HE US WITH THE WORD OF TRUTH that we should be a kind of first fruits of the HIMSELF KIND.” God’s will and purpose for man is this, “As we have borne the image of the EARTHY, we shall also BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY which is CHRIST.” 1 Cor 15:49.

Paul says to Timothy, “Without controversy, great is the mystery of GODLINESS or GOD LIKENESS. God was manifested IN THE FLESH, Justified in Spirit, seen of messengers, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and TAKEN UP IN GLORY” 1 Tim 3:16. Beloved when we see beyond our physical identity into the reality of OUR BEING we are not looking at FLESH AND BLOOD at all, BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT CHRIST the SON OF THE LIVING GOD.

CALLED OUT UNTO HIM

What has Abraham got to do with the Church today? More importantly, what has he to do with Peter identifying whom Jesus is? Let us walk together through this experience with Peter for we all must be like Abraham and live in the land of promise AS IN A STRANGE COUNTRY. This spiritual walk requires a new mentality and a new consciousness or it will be impossible for us walk with God. Peter is the impetuous one, yet deep within there was a search to know God. Jesus met him while he and his brother Andrew were fishing, and taught them how to catch fish. Peter is the first Name in the list of disciples. He was in the boat when Jesus came walking on the water and it was Peter who asked him to call him over which he did and without hesitation, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water while his eyes were on Jesus. Peter was one of three who were selected by Jesus to accompany him on many occasions.

Now Peter is looking at Jesus just as Abraham looked at Isaac, and he is challenged to declare his identity. Just having Jesus with them was such a wonderful experience for Peter, therefore his natural eyes declared this was Jesus of Nazareth, but deep inside the Spirit rose up to declare, “Thou art the CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.” Peter had seen into the true nature of things, and saw GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH. The outer form could not add to or subtract from his true identity. But more than this, we see the personal challenge that came to Peter from the Spirit.

Are you willing to offer up the physical Jesus you know and have grown to love, as your burnt Offering, in order to release the CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, to be the Savior of the world? Are you willing to lay upon the altar what YOU are in the natural, just as Abraham did with Isaac, believing that what you see in CHRIST, is also the reality of your own being? This beloved is the challenge all of us must face if we are to become ONE WITH THE FATHER. It is to this altar of burnt offering to which we are called, as a test to reveal to us whether we LIVE BY THAT WHICH IS REALITY or THAT WHICH IS PASSING AWAY. We will not be willing to offer our BODY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE WHOLLY ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL WORSHIP, until we believe OUR LIFE is in CHRIST and not in OUR FLESH AND BLOOD BODY.

Here is the testimony concerning Abraham in the hour of his testing. “By faith Abraham when undergoing trial, has offered Isaac, and he who received the promises offered the only begotten, he to whom it was spoken that IN ISAAC SHALL THY SEED BE CALLED, reckoning that God is able to be rousing him from among the dead also, whence he recovers him in a parable also.” Heb 11:17-19. (Concordant Ver.)

When Abraham returned from Mount Moriah he was walking in ANOTHER WORLD, that is the Kingdom of God, with his SON who is not just Isaac but THE CHRIST whose seed would fill the whole world. Thus Abraham REJOICED TO SEE THE DAY OF CHRIST even while living in the midst of a heathen society. However when Jesus came into this world it is said the WORLD RECEIVED HIM NOT, because they only saw a MAN as a root out of dry ground, having no form nor comliness, and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men a man of sorrows and acquainted with death, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not.

BUT, TO AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, (AS THE CHRIST OF GOD) TO THEM GAVE HE THE AUTHORITY TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD, EVEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN OR INTO HIS NAME ( WHICH IS HIS TRUE CHARACTER) Jn 1:12.

THE ECCLESIA

The Greek word ECCLESIA that is translated “Church” in our Bibles is an interesting word. The “EK” means OUT OF or FROM with the rest of the Greek word meaning to CALL or summons. So we can see that the Church or ECCLESIA is simply, “THE CALLED OUT ONES.” Then we must ask the question, “WHAT are they called out of, or from?”

They are called out of the “WORLD” formed by the carnal mind. They are called out from the duality of good and evil and cause and effect into a world in which GOD IS ALL AND IN ALL. They are called out of DARKNESS or ignorance of God into the Kingdom of LIGHT, and called out of DEATH INTO LIFE. Further answers to this question emerge as we look at the history of Israel. We need to understand that the history of Israel serves as a kind of “parable” of a reality that was yet to come. Paul reminds us that what happened to Israel was to be our EXAMPLE or FIGURE that represented a spiritual reality. 1 Cor 10:1-6. Among other things Paul mentions that they all “ATE THE SAME SPIRITUAL MEAT.” What was this “spiritual meat?” It was the MANNA, and simply means, “WHAT IS IT?” This we are told was a type of the BREAD FROM HEAVEN that is CHRIST who said, “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.”

It is the eating of HIS FLESH that separates us from those who walk in darkness. HIS FLESH is the substance of his being and we partake of it we take it unto ourselves. Then Paul tells us that they ALL drank of the same SPIRITUAL DRINK that was the water flowing from the ROCK during their wilderness journey. BUT again this was simply a TYPE or FIGURE of the WATER of LIFE, Jesus said would flow from our innermost being. John 7:38. By being united both in the MANNA and the WATER that sustained Israel in their 40 years of wandering, we have a TYPE or FIGURE of the eternal REALITIES that have been revealed to us today IN CHRIST. John uses these things to explain how we are constituted the BODY OF CHRIST through partaking of a REALITY that was only symbolized in Israel’s history.

The rock on which Christ said he would build his CHURCH includes not only Peter’s confession, but also the confession of every one who is BORN OF THE SPIRIT, that CHRIST would dwell in humanity constituting them a NEW CREATION. 2 Cor 5:17. The perpetuity of this church is guaranteed because the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This is not some physical force that is said to oppose the Church, but refers to DEATH, which Christ has destroyed. Hades is so often translated HELL in the King James Bible, which follows Greek Philosophy that connects it with ORCUS and the infernal regions that are supposed to be in the depths of the earth. From this the Church developed its concept of a burning fiery HELL to which all unbelievers are supposed to be sent. But Jesus is telling us that there is no power on earth or anywhere else that can affect the purposes of God regarding the CHURCH that is HIS BODY. The reason being that DEATH HAS BEEN ABOLISHED through the appearing of Jesus Christ in us. 2 Tim 1:9-10.
BUILDING THE CHURCH.

Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will BUILD my Church.” The natural mind assumes that this involves constructing some physical structure, which has been the course the present day church has followed. I have seen in my short experience so many fellowships meetings in homes or some rented building, suddenly feel the urge to BUILD A BUILDING, and appoint a “full time” Pastor and so become a “recognized church.” I have been asked many times, since I touched reality in God to start another fellowship. Some have offered me a home and a vehicle, to entice me to come and Pastor their group. All such invitations I have refused since understanding what Jesus was saying concerning BUILDING HIS CHURCH.

There has developed a special type of ministry connected with the church, know as “CHURCH PLANTERS.” These people say they have a special calling on their life to go out and “PLANT” churches. Well, Jesus never said anything about PLANTING CHURCHES, but he did say HE would BUILD his Church. Paul speaks about himself and Apollos saying they brought the Truth to the people in Corinth planting the Good Seed in their hearts and watering it, but LIFE and growth ultimately remains the prerogative of God. 1Cor 2:5-6.

What then is God’s building program? Let Peter answer the question himself as he writes to the Christians in the five Roman provinces in Asia. He says, "You are built a spiritual house" (oikodomeisqe oikoj pneumatikoj). It is difficult to resist the impression that Peter recalls the words of Jesus to him on that memorable occasion. It was Peter’s confession, which provided the basis for what Jesus was teaching, so let us hear what Peter says much later in his epistle.

“As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby. If so be that you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming as unto a LIVING STONE, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious, YOU ALSO as LIVING STONES are BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE a Holy Priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable unto God by Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 2:2-5. This is what Peter understood Jesus to mean when said HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH. It had nothing to do with bricks and mortar for it was a SPIRITUAL HOUSE “built” out of LIVING STONES that are the saints. This HOUSE is in fact the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD and Peter here uses the same verb as Jesus used in Matt 16:18. This “building” rests upon the PRIMARY FOUNDATION STONE that is CHRIST. It now becomes obvious that man could not “BUILD” what Jesus had in mind concerning the CHURCH, for it is the SPIRITUAL DWELLING PLACE OF GOD.

Paul establishes the fact that Christ purposed to dwell IN US and that our BODY is the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, which you have of God and you are not your own. (Literally, you are no longer who you were) - For ye were bought with a price, Glorify God therefore in your body. But the argument stands clear, that we have been redeemed (we are a purchased possession) and our body is now THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST.

However do not assume Paul is speaking here of your flesh and blood BODY, as being the Temple of God. If that were so, then every time someone passed away God would need another Body and the BODY OF CHRIST would not be ETERNAL. The Body, which is HIS TEMPLE, is your SPIRITUAL BODY WHICH IS CHRIST; for it is in HIM that the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.

Paul speaking to the philosophers on Mar’s hill made it abundantly clear that GOD DOES NOT DWELL IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS. Acts 17:24. The Greek word used for the Temple that is our body, is NAOS. This refers only to the inner sanctuary called the MOST HOLY PLACE, which is the dwelling place of God. So from the understanding of our bodies being the Temple we understand God has BUILT HIS OWN DWELLING PLACE.

Peter continues the revelation of God’s dwelling place by explaining that God’s purpose is not simply that our body is God’s temple. God’s BUILDING PROGRAM does not include millions of TEMPLES but the BUILDING TOGETHER of each individual to form ONE SPIRITUAL HOUSE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, A CHOSEN GENERATION, and a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS. There is only ONE BODY and there is only ONE TEMPLE.

He calls those he is BUILDING TOGETHER, A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD AND A PURCHASED PEOPLE, that you should shew forth the virtues of HIM WHO HAD CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. Beloved let us ponder deeply these words that we may escape the superficial concepts that have been fostered by God’s people through the carnal teaching of men.

From what we have shared we must understand that the FORMING of the BODY OF CHRIST and the TEMPLE OF GOD results in BRINGING GOD”S PEOPLE INTO UNION WITH ONE ANOTHER AND WITH GOD. There are no “select of the elect” that have some advantage over others for we are all ONE IN CHRIST.

Today I look to see anything of such unifying activity among the people of God but my heart is heavy as I discover the divisions still remain. Where is the recognition of CHRIST’S DWELLING PLACE within the saints today? Even those who claim to be filled with the Spirit of God still look for the MAN JESUS to return from some place up in the sky. Where is there evidence of a building together of a people to form ONE SPIRITUAL HOUSE today? Christians are often divided deliberately by Church leadership, who are so engrossed in satisfying their ego that the UNITY OF THE BODY of CHRIST is just a mental concept with no reality. They sing, “We are one in the spirit we are one in the Lord,” but never is that unity allowed to develop. Loyalty to a group is the badge of belonging, and must take precedence over every other call upon their lives. Beloved these things ought not to be.
A lesson from History.

Israel had come to the third month after being CALLED OUT of Egypt, and this would be the time of the feast of Pentecost, but this had not yet been instituted. We take up the story as God calls Moses up into the mountain where he first heard the call of God upon his life. Israel was baptized unto Moses both in the CLOUD and in the SEA. However at this point Israel seemed to have remained separate from their GOD hearing his voice only as it is relayed to them through Moses. This is what God said to them.

“You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I BEAR YOU ON Eagle’s Wings, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF. Now therefore if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my Covenant, then you will be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people, for all the earth is mine. And you shall be unto me a Kingdom of Priests, and a Holy Nation.” Ex 19:4-6.

In these words we see the heart of God revealed, and his purpose in calling out his people is clearly expressed. Let us consider these words carefully. Israel’s deliverance from slavery under the taskmasters of Egypt was not an indication of God’s love for Israel in contrast to what would seem a lack towards other nations. This would make God’s actions very arbitrary. However our God is a God of LOVE and that love extends to the whole world.

But in these words to Israel we can see God had an all-embracing purpose in CALLING OUT Israel UNTO HIMSELF. They were to be a NATION OF PRIESTS to function as intermediaries between all mankind and God. Of all the peoples on the earth they were to be a special TREASURE unto the Lord However natural Israel never fulfilled the divine purpose, so it was reserved for the SPIRITUAL SEED of Abraham in this our day.. All these things are examples for us today. Thus we see the purpose of God for his called out ones in this our day. We are to be what Israel failed to become because of their unbelief. Let us consider this purpose of God a little more. All through history God has raised up Prophets and Priests, which he sent unto the people to bring a word of correction or direction. Since Adam left the Garden of Eden MAN has wandered in a wilderness seeking for LIFE in the midst of death. He searches for Truth but does not even know where to look.

God called Abraham OUT OF UR of the CHALDEES. Was there some divine purpose in the choosing of this man, or was this experience in Abraham’s life simply pure chance? History from God’s point of view is actually HIS STORY. The Psalmist asked the question, “WHAT IS MAN that Thou art mindful of him and the Son of man that thou visitest him?” Psalm 8:4. Then goes on to answer his own question, “Thou hast made him just a little lower than Elohim, and crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands, thou hast put all things under his feet.”

We have yet to discover within ourselves the divine purpose for our very being. Our birth was no accident or some arbitrary choice on the part of our parents. Behind every life there stands GOD and until we become conscious of this fact we will never understand who we are or why we are here. Life is wrapped up in GOD because HE IS OUR LIFE, and therefore the only true fulfillment of that life is in HIS plan and purpose.

It is said of Abraham, “Being called through FAITH, Abraham went out.” Heb 11:8. Abraham’s journey was a script he was writing for all men who would follow the pathway of FAITH. Abraham’s FAITH began to raise his consciousness as he heard the voice of GOD out of the midst of his being. While those all around him wandered through life this man began to take a deliberate step in a certain direction even though at that time he had no idea where it would lead.THY WILL BE DONE

Darkness is enveloping the earth today at an alarming rate, crime and wickedness abounds with there being no answer to these things coming from our world leaders. Did you know that God would provide himself with the answer? Not as the Bible Teachers suggest that Jesus will return from the sky and take away all the saints leaving the world to wallow in the misery of a great tribulation. NO, the TRUTH is that GOD is calling OUT a people UNTO HIS NAME, having his nature allowing them to escape the corruption that is in this world. These will be the SAVIORS who will flow down from Mount Zion. `

God says, after this I WILL RAISE UP THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID, which has fallen down, and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up. That the residue of men might seek after the Lord and all the Gentiles upon whom my Name is called, saith the Lord who doeth all these things. Acts 15:16-17.

The manifestation of David’s Tabernacle is a PEOPLE IN WHOM CHRIST DWELLS IN FULLNESS. The purpose of this people is to manifest CHRIST ON THE EARTH. For God was IN CHRIST reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and has committed to US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION. So that NOW WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST. Beloved we have not been redeemed just to go to heaven when we die, we have been BOUGHT WITH A PRICE and are not our own. All of creation is waiting for this people who have been called out from among the dead ones, and who are the Sons of God, to set them free. It is time to abandon everything in our lives that does not accord with the will and purpose of God for us today. This is not the day for us to be building a ministry or a name for ourselves. 
This is not the day to organize man made programs expending money and effort on things that are not accomplishing God’s plan for his Ambassadors to bring the message of reconciliation to all men.
There are prison doors to be unlocked. There are the oppressed that need to be set free, and there are the broken hearted that need to be helped, and the proclamation of LIBERTY FOR ALL in this world of sin and death. It is for this purpose that the SPIRIT of the LORD is being poured out upon his people today. For the first time there are many who are hearing the JOYFUL SOUND of the VOICE OF THE LORD, and are responding to HIS WORD. The prisons of theological carnal reasoning are being broken open and those whose minds have been kept in darkness are now seeing the LIGHT OF GOD and are discovering the LIGHT of LIFE. This is a NEW DAY and we must march to the beat of the heavenly choir and not be guided by the dead doctrines that have sapped the energy of God’s people over the years. 
Beloved it is the TRUTH that makes men FREE
 
This is the day when God says, “BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW FOR THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN AND HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM AND THEY SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE AND GOD HIMSELF SHALL BE WITH THEM, AND BE THEIR GOD!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Temple Of God



The Temple Of God Des Walter



Introduction 

This whole religious system of Israel revolved round the Tabernacle which Moses built in the wilderness, and later the Temple. To them this structure was the very center of their sacrifices and rituals, and in fact, everything that had to do with their relationship to the Lord. As a result Christian scholars have studied its dimensions, and the furniture, to better understand this unique place, where God said He would meet with His chosen people.

The purpose of this study is not to go over the facts and figures of the Mosaic tabernacle, but to explore the TRUE TABERNACLE, which provided the pattern God showed Moses in the Mount. Most informed Christians, are familiar with the material building, Israel built in the wilderness, and the "Glory" which is revealed therein. But for most, the REALITY, which it represents, has become a tantalizing DREAM, which we believe cannot be realized.

How true is the word of the Prophet Isaiah, as He looked down the years of time, and saw God’s people, "Robbed and spoiled; They are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses. They are for a prey, and NONE DELIVERETH, or saith RESTORE." However, we are living in a day, when the Lord is taking the scales from our eyes, and we are beginning to see the TRUTH, which modern theology has hid from us.

Beloved, the glorious REALITY, of which the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon, were but a DIM SHADOW, is ordained of God for His people today, and as you read these pages I trust you will touch the same REALITY, which has lifted me out of the Kingdom of DUST, and translated me into the Kingdom of God. I am not sharing some nebulous doctrine about some super spiritual experience, but the TRUTH about YOURSELF, which is to be expressed in a NEW LIFE IN CHRIST, and able to be demonstrated by the very LEAST of the Saints.

Please do not read these pages as some academic treatise, simply seeking to put forward yet another point of view, but seek the true TEACHER from God, the HOLY SPIRIT, who has been given specifically to GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH, and allow Him to be your guide. For apart from HIM none of us will ever understand the things He has prepared for us, for they can only be SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

THE TEMPLE OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

It is most interesting to note that the REASON for the building of a "Temple", was not to fulfill some NEED in man, but TO FULFILL A NEED IN GOD. Ex. 25:8. "And let them make ME a sanctuary that I MAY DWELL AMONG THEM." This is the first mention of such a dwelling place for God to dwell upon the earth. How interesting it is to note that Adam enjoyed the presence of the Lord God in the Garden, which He has made, and in a true sense here is the ultimate purpose envisioned in the heart of God, that MAN should dwell together with HIM in UNITY.

But of course, Adam believed he forfeited both that unity, and his right to dwell there, through eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and was cast out into the hostile environment of earth, where the thistles and weeds would sap his energy, in his effort to bring forth enough food to eat. This is true in the lives of millions today, who do not LIVE in that GARDEN, but like ADAM are relegated to THE EARTH consciousness of their being. 

In the Garden prepared of the Lord, grew the TREE OF LIFE, but having been denied access to the garden, he now sank into MORTALITY, even as the Lord had said he would. Beloved, this "GARDEN OF EDEN", is not some mythical place, which is the product of the imagination of our mind, but in actual fact, is WITHIN OUR VERY OWN HEART. It is that sanctuary deep within our spiritual being, where God dwells, and where the TREE OF LIFE still flourishes. But in our every day living, just as we are now, we are unable to access that Garden but IT IS STILL THERE, although hidden from our natural eyes.

The purpose of these notes is to discover the way back to God’s Garden, to dwell with him in fellowship and communion. For this reason everything that has been recorded in the Scriptures has a vital purpose, in teaching us the WAYS of the Lord. The Old Testament is not just a HISTORY BOOK, filled with facts and figures of a long gone era, but it is HIS STORY, with every word and every number pregnant with meaning. The life of Israel therefore becomes like a PARABLE, which unfolds to us Spiritual truths we could never know in any other way.

Remember Jesus said, "If I have told you earthly things, and you do not understand how shall you believe if I tell you of HEAVENLY THINGS." John. 3:12

So we will begin to look at the PATTERN God gave to Moses in the Mount, of a DWELLING PLACE for the Lord. It is worth noting, that in Ex. 39 the Lord speaks to the people of Israel, SEVEN TIMES, that they were to build everything ACCORDING AS THE LORD COMMANDED MOSES. Seven, according to Bible numerics, is the number of COMPLETENESS. Nothing was to be added and nothing was to be left out, for it was being built ACCORDING TO A PATTERN. Many Christians have never really considered that God has a PATTERN or a PURPOSE for what He is doing today.

Many consider FATE to be the arbiter of circumstances on the earth, and others see SATAN as the master-mind behind many of the things we observe today. But let me assure you God is working ALL THINGS after the counsel of HIS OWN WILL. Eph. 1:11. God has a PLAN, which has never been changed from the beginning, and a PATTERN for His dwelling place on the earth today, and EVERYTHING is going according to that PLAN, and is right on schedule.

Christians down through the ages have spent their lives seeking to BUILD a dwelling place for God. In every country there are great buildings of tremendous value, called CHURCHES or cathedrals, where people go because they think they might find God. Some have built on the foundation of the work of great men of God, such as John Wesley, or Martin Luther, or William Booth. Yet in spite of all the effort and the sincerity of those who built, Paul makes it very clear, God does not dwell today in TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS.

In order to gain an understanding of God’s dwelling place on the earth today, let us look at the Tabernacle Moses built at the express instruction of the Lord. In Ex. 25, the Tabernacle was to be built out of the OFFERING, which every man gave willingly. To give willingly without any sense of coercion, we must be absolutely convinced that what we are giving is going towards something needed and essential for what ever reason. Is there any profit in a man walking in fellowship with God?

For many the answer would be an honest NO, for they accept responsibility for their own lives and make enough money to buy what they need and to do what they want. For them, to GIVE to provide an earthly sanctuary for the Lord is a waste of time, because they feel no desperate need for any such thing.

Unfortunately many "Christians" are so earth-bound, they can only see such a place, in terms of bricks and mortar forming an earthly building. So the building of expensive buildings and calling them churches has turned many Christians off, and they have no desire to become involved in such things. In the last twenty or so years, the teaching of TITHING has been introduced, in the hope of providing some "spiritual" validity to the GIVING of God’s people. If we GIVE under the system of TITHING, it is not OF OUR OWN FREE WILL, but under a LAW, which was set up for Israel. However the OFFERING for the sanctuary of the Lord in Exodus 25, had nothing to do with TITHING, for that law was not yet given to Israel.

Secondly, the GIFT was not required in DOLLARS and CENTS, but the actual MATERIAL required to construct the sanctuary of the Lord. There was GOLD, which speaks of DIVINITY, and SILVER connected with redemption, and brass and copper, the BASE metals. These together with BLUE, which is associated with heaven, PURPLE with kingship and authority, and SCARLET with Blood and Life.

It becomes apparent right from the beginning that the MATERIAL TABERNACLE Moses built was not in itself the HEAVENLY TABERNACLE, but was an earthly "replica". We could spend hours studying this earthly structure, but my purpose is to focus on the HEAVENLY REALITY, which is here represented. I want us to consider the Tabernacle, which WAS the PATTERN that was given to Moses on the mount.

This Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple in Jerusalem all share the same principles, and even though the Temple in Jerusalem was magnificent, listen to what Solomon said of that Temple. "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold heaven and the Heaven of Heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house which I have built." So the material Temple was only to be a TEMPORARY PLACE for God to dwell. What was designed to be the dwelling place of God? IT IS MAN CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS AND IMAGE, A TEMPLE not made with hands? 1 Cor 6:19 "Don’t you know that your body is the temple of God which is in you, which you have of God, and YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN." 

THE TEMPLE OF GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

"And the angel came in unto her and said, "Hail, thou art MUCH GRACED, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women…Fear not, for thou hast found favor with God, and thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS…For the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall over shadow thee, therefore that Holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called A SON OF GOD." Luke 1:28-35.

In this child, God was preparing a DWELLING PLACE for Himself. Mary realized she was chosen to bring forth the SEED that was promised, who would bruise the serpent’s head, and so like Israel of old, she gave willingly, not of Gold and silver, but OF HERSELF, as she said, "Be it unto me according to Thy Word." It is obvious Jesus knew WHO HE WAS from the Old Testament scriptures, which said, "Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire, but a BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME." His BODY was FATHER’S dwelling place on earth, for "God was IN CHRIST reconciling the world unto Himself." Paul says, "For it pleased the Father, that IN HIM should all FULLNESS dwell." Col. 1:19.

During His ministry in Jerusalem, Jesus said concerning the Temple in Jerusalem, "Behold YOUR HOUSE is left unto you desolate." Luke 13:35. In other words what they had was a building, which they had built according to the pattern Moses was given in the mount, but GOD WAS NOT in residence. Can you imagine the consternation of the people when Jesus told them to, "DESTROY THE TEMPLE, and in THREE DAYS I will raise it up."

But He was not speaking about raising up the material temple, but the TEMPLE WHICH IS HIS BODY. The Hebrew word for "pattern" means "JAH HAS PREVAILED." So regardless of all the failure and apostasy in Israel, the Lord has prevailed and now He has His DWELLING PLACE in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ became the FIRST EXPRESSION of God’s dwelling place on the earth, a TEMPLE NOT MADE WITH HANDS. This is THE LIVING TEMPLE, of which the Tabernacle of Moses was but a dim shadow, and yet it was accurate in its portrayal of Christ. He is the LOGOS spoken of by John, who was in the BEGINNING WITH GOD. The Greek word, LOGOS does not just refer to the WORDS spoken, but is the THOUGHT and INTENT that was in the heart of God when he said,  

"Let us make MAN."
 
However, the CHRIST is a MULTI-MEMBERED person all of which would be capable of manifesting God to the whole of mankind. In Rom. 8:29, the Apostle Paul speaks about those,  

"Whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that HE might be the FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN." 

It is interesting to note, that the word "FIRSTBORN" is the Greek word PROTOTOKOS, from which we get our English word "PROTO-TYPE". So we understand Jesus Christ was the FIRST MAN created in Gen 1:26-27, and OUT OF HIM came all of MANKIND, all of whom are THE CHILDREN OF GOD having the same FATHER, and that is GOD.

As a result of these truths, we see JESUS CHRIST as a PATTERN MAN, and the TEMPLE, through whom Christ will reveal Himself to the whole world. In order for Moses to understand this "PATTERN", he was called up into the Mount of God, where it was revealed to him. So TODAY we are being called up to the "Mountain of God", that HIGH realm of the SPIRIT, in order to be able to see Jesus Christ as the PROTO-TYPE of God’s dwelling place, and discover the reflection of ourselves IN HIM. The Apostle John tells us, "AS HE IS (NOW) SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD."

The Body of Jesus was formed in the womb of a virgin from a BODY of a virgin who was ordained of God. Jesus did not come out of some religious organization, nor was He born of the will of MAN, but He was birthed through the "Seed" of God" through the anointing of the Spirit of God. In exactly the same way, Christ will be manifested to this world today through a people, such as you and I, who are THE CHURCH, which is HIS BODY.

In Luke 2:34, Simeon held the Baby Jesus in his arms and prophesied in the Spirit, "Behold, this child is set for the FALL and RISING again of many in Israel; and for a SIGN which shall be spoken against." Perhaps a clearer translation is, "He shall be a sign which will be MUCH DEBATED…that many will talk against…. which is being constantly refused-…. And which many will attack." In 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul says, "Yea and all who will live Godly in Christ SHALL suffer persecution." So when your life fits the SIGN, you are going to be "talked about, debated, and come under attack", just as the Word declares.

Having established our identity according to the PATTERN, Jesus Christ, Paul speaks to the saints in Corinth. First he covers the many problems in the church there, from sectarianism, and divisions, through to incest and immorality, all were present here, so it was obvious they had not yet ascended the mount of the Lord, and discovered the "TRUE PATTERN". So Paul concludes this section of his letter with this startling question, "What? Know ye not that your BODY is the TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which IS IN YOU, which ye have of God, and YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN"?

Until this revelation has touched our hearts we will live as MEN, totally absorbed by the appearance realm, and operating out of the five senses. How few Christians today live their lives on the basis, that their BODY is THE TEMPLE OF GOD. I am not speaking here of simple knowledge, for most taught Christians would be able to quote the above verse, and so would KNOW IT. BUT there is a KNOWING which we need, that is translated into reality, affecting not only the MIND, but also the SPIRIT. Today the Holy Spirit is not just telling us WORDS, as in verses, but He is opening our EYES TO SEE CHRIST, not in some ethereal heaven up above the blue sky, BUT IN YOU, so constituting your body HIS TEMPLE.

"Wherefore, henceforth know we NO MAN after the flesh; yea though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet NOW henceforth know we Him NO MORE, (in that way)"

2 Cor. 5:16. Here Paul is telling us, that God is taking a people BEYOND HUMAN THINKING in their PERCEPTIONS, beyond every other realm, into a GOD CONSCIOUS REALM. Theology today, has separated US from CHRIST, by putting Him in some IMAGINARY HEAVEN up in the sky, but God is bringing us into UNION with the one who DWELLS WITHIN US. Religion is waiting for Christ to COME BACK out of the sky, as a drowning man seeks for some one to rescue him, but beloved, the CHRIST is right NOW dwelling within his people! He that has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to His people.

In 1 Cor. 15:46 Paul gives us the divine order, first the NATURAL, and then afterwards that which is SPIRITUAL. First came Adam the natural man, but then came the LAST ADAM, the SPIRITUAL MAN, who is a LIFE GIVING SPIRIT. The natural Adam cannot be a part of the Temple of God, because of his disobedience in the Garden, and also because he cannot impart LIFE. Therefore God is lifting us out of the realm of what is NATURAL, by His Spirit, into the SPIRITUAL REALM, which is the Kingdom of God, so that we become ONE WITH HIM. In this way the earthly temple has given way to the TEMPLE, which is from HEAVEN, as the DWELLING PLACE OF GOD.
THE HEAVENLY TEMPLE


"And the TEMPLE OF GOD was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the ARK of the Covenant. Rev. 11:19

The book of Revelation is, according to the introduction given by the Apostle John, a "REVELATION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST", and not some prophecy of the destruction of the world. With this in mind, we come to chapter 11, and John is told to "Rise and measure the Temple of God", and for this purpose he was given a ROD. This "Rod" was to be the standard of measurement for everything connected with the Temple, the dwelling place of God. This is the ROD David spoke of when he said, "THY ROD and THY STAFF they comfort me". This ROD is a wonderful picture of Christ, who cares for us and guides us, yes, and even corrects us. Everything to do with the Temple must measure up to this "ROD", which is the standard of Christ, for we are all to be "CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON".

It is also interesting to notice that there are TWO Greek words that are translated as "Temple", the word "Hieron", referring to the building, and the word, "NAOS", referring to the Most Holy Place. Since the CROSS and the rending of the veil, the Temple in Jerusalem ceased to be a "NAOS" in God’s eyes, and was simply a "Hieron", a building, BUT IN CONTRAST, Paul says, "Ye are the Temple (NAOS) OF THE living God, as He hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people". 2 Cor. 6:16 Today we are HIS INNER SANCTUARY, and so we are being measured and qualified to become His habitation.

Hear the words of Jesus in Luke 6:38, "For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again". Jesus Christ is the MEASURE, and because He is opening our eyes and understanding to see our true identity as CHRIST, we now see ourselves as a NEW CREATION MAN restored into his fullness and perfection.

Notice in Rev. 11:2 John is told not to measure the court outside the Most Holy Place, because God is dealing with the INNER MAN, or the "Hidden man of the heart". Unlike religion, which concerns itself with the outward and the physical, and the self worth, God looks upon the HEART. Therefore when the prophet Samuel was sent to anoint Israel’s king, it is most interesting to note what the Lord Said to him. "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, for the Lord seeth NOT AS MAN SEETH; for man looketh on the OUTWARD appearance, but the Lord looketh ON THE HEART". 1 Sam. 16:7

After the dealings of God in our lives, and the foundation of Jesus Christ has been laid in our inner being, then the TEMPLE is OPENED IN HEAVEN which is within us. Because of our religious teaching, whenever we hear the word HEAVEN mentioned, we activate our I-magination and call up a picture of some ethereal place up in the sky. Beloved, it is time to grow up and put away childish thinking, for the Lord is at hand. The "HEAVEN" where the Temple of God was OPENED, IS WITHIN US, in the REALITY OF OUR INNER BEING. Paul had already declared, "Your body is the Temple of God", so therefore we must see that there is an analogy between the TEMPLE and our BODY. The "outer court" relates to our BODY, with the Holy Place indicating the area of SOUL, while the Most Holy Place represents the area of SPIRIT within us.

It is here WITHIN US, where God dwells, and if this is so, then we MUST BE HIS TEMPLE.

The DUALITY OF OUR MIND has prevented us from knowing who we really are, for we have retained the concept of… God up in heaven, but we are on the earth. We often speak of the Spirit of God, and also and OUR SPIRIT, or as we express it, the Spirit of MAN. However I want you to know, beloved, that YOUR SPIRIT is THE LORD. There are not two spirits, totally distinct and separate dwelling within you. That is what MAN has taught us. YOU are the "LIVING NAOS" or the INNER SANCTUARY of God. He dwells within you bringing His refining process to bear upon our lives, until Christ is all. Our concept of "DUALITY" denies the purpose of God in making us ONE WITH HIMSELF. John 17:21.

But like Moses, we must ascend the "Mount of the Lord" to receive a revelation of the PATTERN, and that pattern is CHRIST. You will not "SEE" that pattern just from reading books, good though they may be, or by listening to sermons, but this is a ministry of the Spirit of God, deep within our being, opening to our understanding a REVELATION of CHRIST. The Apostle John in his first letter, makes this profound statement, 1 John 3:2-3. "Beloved NOW, (that is at this precise moment in time) ARE WE the SONS OF GOD, and it doth not yet appear, (or become apparent) what we SHALL BE; (at another time). BUT WE KNOW (with absolute certainty) that WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall SEE HIM AS HE IS".

Let me ask you beloved, "DO YOU KNOW that you are A SON OF GOD and not someone who is an out-cast from God, because GOD IS YOUR FATHER. If Christ lives IN YOU then whatever He is, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE. Do not be diverted by the religious world, who will say that you are a sinner and God is angry with you and if you do not repent he will burn you forever in hell. Of course this is a lie and has driven more people from God than it could ever draw people to him. Such ideas totally destroy the character of God making him to be a monster, but the word declares GOD IS LOVE. The truth staggers the human imagination, and yet it is TRUE, but it can only be grasped by the SPIRIT. How then can we be LIKE HIM, is the question asked by most sincere Christians.

Thousands of books have been written on this subject, preachers have preached multitudes of sermons about it, yet the reality eludes the people of God. Most people want some "secret" key, like a particular behavior pattern, or some "spiritual" activity, but this is not the answer. Let me tell you the answer.

YOU MUST SEE HIM, THEN YOU WILL BE LIKE HIM.

But this is not a natural SEEING, but a SEEING or REVELATION by the Spirit, as HE opens the EYES OF OUR UNDERSTANDING. The people of Jesus day, could not agree as to who He really was, even though they could see Him and He had lived among them. But some said He was John the Baptist, others that He was Elias, and others that He was Jeremiah, but Peter said, "Thou art the CHRIST, the Son of the living God". Matt. 16:16. How did Peter know the truth, but the rest were ignorant? Because "Flesh and blood did not reveal it to him, but FATHER in HEAVEN". Did God speak to Peter from above the blue sky…. NO… The REVELATION WAS WITHIN HIM.

The ONE WHO DWELLS WITHIN YOU TODAY, is just the same, and quite capable of revealing HIMSELF to you also. Listen to the word of God. "Say not in this heart, who shall ascend into heaven?, (that is to bring Christ down from above;) Or, who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The WORD is nigh thee, even IN THY MOUTH, and IN THY HEART; that is, the Word of Faith, which we preach". Rom. 10:6-8.

Jesus said, "In my Father’s House are many mansions". John 14:2 As a result the carnal mind imagines streets filled with beautiful homes which are waiting in "heaven" for all the Christians, after they die. YOU beloved, are ONE of those many mansions, NOW, the dwelling place of God. Heb. 6:6 speaks of "Christ as a Son over HIS OWN HOUSE, WHOSE HOUSE ARE WE". We are God’s dwelling place, His Temple, and His Throne.

Moses going up on the mountain, speaks to us of ascending in our minds, beyond the natural realm, into the realm of SPIRIT, "for the natural man, receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned". 1 Cor. 2:14. Only on that level of Spirit, can we receive the things that be of God. So it is today, that the Lord is "OPENING HEAVEN" to us, BY THE SPIRIT, in other words, He is revealing the TEMPLE WITHIN YOU, opening it up to your "SPIRITUAL" understanding. Until we have access to this Spiritual realm called Heaven, we will remain earth bound, and our lives can only be lived on the natural plane, through the five senses.

HEAVEN IS NOT A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION BUT A HIGHER REALM OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IT IS THE REALM OF SPIRIT.

But now let us continue with Rev. 11:19. As soon as Heaven was "UNVEILED" we were able to SEE the ARK OF THE COVENANT. This majestic box overlaid with God having on top the Mercy Seat with the Cherubim, is a glorious picture of Christ, who is the center of our testimony and victory, our LIFE and our SALVATION. If ever there was a day when we needed this revelation of Christ within, it is TODAY. Not the old symbols and shadows of a former dispensation, or some shrine to be visited, nor some ritual to be carried out, but the LIVING CHRIST, enthroned in Glory within our very being. Not in some "Tent" or BUILDING we call a "church", but enthroned in HIS BELOVED, a people who have become the DWELLING PLACE OF GOD in reality.

This is not some "theory" or doctrine I am sharing with you, but a glorious reality, which I want YOU to enter into. You may know the Jesus of Nazareth, who went about doing good, and performed miracles, who died and was raised from the dead, and now ascended into the glory, but that knowledge will not change you, or bring the reality of God into your life. It is not until you KNOW by the SPIRIT, THAT SAME ONE who IS CHRIST, RISEN AND GLORIFIED, and who dwells WITHIN YOU, living His life and functioning as an integral part of YOUR VERY BEING, that God can become the reality of your life. Religion cannot help you to find this reality; this is the sovereign work of the Spirit of the Lord.

THE LORD WHOM YOU SEEK, SHALL COME SUDDENLY TO THIS TEMPLE.   

The prophet Malachi prophesied concerning the Lord coming to His Temple. Mal. 3:1. This prophecy was fulfilled for natural Israel, when Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem, at a time when they were being governed by a foreign power. He came without prior warning, Israel having endured some four hundred years when the voice of God had not been heard. The priests never anticipated any challenge to their authority over the functioning of the TEMPLE. However, His coming declared the apostasy that had invaded the whole temple system. Listen to what Jesus said, "MY HOUSE shall be called a house of prayer; but YE have made it a DEN OF THIEVES". Matt 21:13. The word HOUSE in the Greek is "OIKOS" which is a family home where people live. Then He demonstrated the difference when THE LORD was IN RESIDENCE, as the blind received their sight, and the lame were made to walk. When the people saw the TEMPLE functioning is reality, they cried out, HOSANNA to the Son of David.

Beloved, if the Lord came suddenly to YOU His Temple, I wonder what He would find. Society today has conditioned us to believe, that our BODY belongs to US, and we can do as we like with it. But remember, when Paul told us our Body is HIS TEMPLE, he qualified it by saying, "For YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN, you have been BOUGHT with a price".

In this regard, Jesus told the parable of a man who "FOUND" a TREASURE in a FIELD". Matt. 13:44. In the parable, YOU ARE THE FIELD that contains the treasure. Notice what the man did in this situation. He HID the treasure, which is CHRIST, out of sight IN THE FIELD, and went and SOLD ALL THAT HE HAD, then he BOUGHT THE FIELD. Why did he not just TAKE THE TREASURE, and forget about the FIELD? Because

GOD WANTED THE TREASURE TO REMAIN IN THE FIELD WHICH IS YOU,
SO HE PURCHASED IT.

The world has little time for the people of God today, seeing in them no real value, but little do they know we contain a TREASURE far above rubies. It is interesting that the "Rulers of the Temple" were greatly displeased at the reaction of the people, and sought to suppress them, but Jesus simply repeated the words of the psalmist spoken so long ago, "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings THOU hast perfected PRAISE". Psalm 8:2 This praise was not generated by a great choir, or beautiful music, or some talented song leader, but simply BY THE LORD COMING TO HIS TEMPLE.

Beloved, if such a result could be generated in the confines of the bricks and mortar of a physical building, what do you suppose could result from The LORD COMING TO HIS LIVING TEMPLE, which is YOU. Do you not see the perfect analogy here, for the temple was under the authority of MEN, the Chief Priests and Scribes, and the ONE WHOSE HOUSE IT IS really had no say in its function. Now let us look at OURSELVES, or whom Paul says YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD. 2 Cor. 6:16.

What is the situation in "OUR" Temple as we contemplate the coming of the LORD? Who has authority over the function of "your" body, which is HIS TEMPLE? Is there some one who sits "AS GOD" in His Temple, and yet it is NOT THE LORD? Is HIS TEMPLE filled with unrighteous activity, and filthy habits which are unbecoming in the Temple of the Lord? It is most important to note the Lord did not wait for the TEMPLE to be "cleaned up" before HE CAME. He came "SUDDENLY" without any warning, not to discover its condition, for that is already known to Him, but to MANIFEST HIS PRESENCE, thus CHANGING the TEMPLE, from being a mere "building", to HIS DWELLING PLACE, filled with His glory. Malachi says, "WHO shall abide the DAY OF HIS COMING? And WHO shall STAND when He APPEARETH? For….

"HE IS LIKE A REFINER’S FIRE, AND LIKE FULLER’S SOAP. And HE shall sit as a REFINER and a PURIFIER of SILVER; and He shall purify the Sons of LEVI, and purge them
as GOLD and SILVER, that they may offer unto the Lord an OFFERING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS." Mal. 3:2-3.


The first stage of the "Coming of the Lord" to His Temple is to bring cleansing. This is spoken of in Rev. 12:7 as "WAR IN HEAVEN", not in some ethereal place above the blue sky, but in the midst of our very being! This WAR is not some religious exercise involving small changes in our behavior, but a "LIFE THREATENING" PROCESS, to cast out that "FALSE AUTHORITY" which claims the right to SIT IN THE TEMPLE, as GOD. The battle is led by MICHAEL, whose name means, "WHO IS LIKE GOD", and who challenges every counterfeit. The ENEMY is, "that DRAGON, that old SERPENT (who deceived Eve in the Garden) called the DEVIL, and SATAN WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD.

The scripture tells us that in the BEGINNING God said, "Let us make MAN, IN OUR IMAGE and after OUR LIKENESS". Gen. 1:26. The very next verse confirms that God did just what He said, and that a race of people had begun, fulfilling the desire of the Father. That IMAGE and LIKENESS is not declared in the realm of appearance, that is, in the outward FORM of man, but is DECLARED in the SPIRIT, PLACED IN MAN, as the Lord God BREATHED into ADAM the BREATH OF LIFE. Gen. 2:7

In the GARDEN of EDEN Adam lived out of that SPIRIT of LIFE WHICH WAS GOD, IN THE MIDST OF HIM. The carnal mind sees Adam literally walking in a garden, hand in hand with a beautiful person dressed in white, who is "God"! BUT GOD IS A SPIRIT and not in the same form as He had made Adam. Beloved, let us rise in our thinking into the realm of SPIRIT, to see that this relationship was WITHIN ADAM, and NOT EXTERNAL TO HIM.

When we come to the TEMPTATION in the Garden, this again was not simply Eve TALKING TO A "SNAKE". Beloved, this battle for supremacy over man, was not fought on the green lawns of some beautiful GARDEN, with trees and flowers all round!!

BUT IT WAS FOUGHT WITHIN HER BEING.

The moment of Adam’s disobedience was the IMAGE and LIKENESS of GOD (that is GOD HIMSELF) BURIED DEEP WITHIN the "FIELD" that is, in the VERY CENTER OF HIS BEING, beyond the reach of his now darkened mind, YET NEVER REMOVED. His NATURAL MIND now elevated, IN HIS PLACE the "I" or EGO of Adam, who sat in the Temple of God, AS GOD, and this "I" or ADAM is called SATAN.

Beloved, the tragedy of modern theology, is that they have put GOD OUTSIDE OF US, and also the one they call SATAN, so we can never really locate either, in order to be able to deal with them.
Much of the teaching of the church, has compounded our problem, by telling us all we need is to ask Jesus into our hearts, and repent of our sins, and we will be "saved", and go to heaven when we die. None of which actually deals with the problem. We need a revelation of the "MAN OF SIN". HE is the reason we LIVE as we do, and THINK as we do, and ACT as we do. This is ADAM, i.e., what we are BY NATURAL BIRTH having inherited the same MIND as he had, after loosing the battle for GOD’S supremacy to HIS OWN EGO, in the Garden. What then is the ANSWER?!!!

God’s judgment upon Adam was, "IN DYING YOU SHALL DIE". Here God is speaking about MORTALITY, which is the DYING PROCESS, which ends in DEATH. Once any man is separated, even though ONLY IN HIS MIND from GOD, who is the SOURCE AND SUSTAINER OF ALL LIFE, HE IS MORTAL. God said, "From dust you came and to DUST you shall return". While ADAM usurps God’s place in His Temple, all he can expect is MORTALITY and an appointment with the grave, because HE HAS LOST ACCESS TO THE TREE OF LIFE, WHICH IS GOD. However, Paul give us the answer, in HIS GOOD NEWS, the GOSPEL.

"ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE AND GRACE, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN, BUT IS NOW MADE MANIFEST (become known) BY THE APPEARING OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS ABOLISHED DEATH, AND HAS BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL. 2 Tim. 1:9-10

To rectify the situation ADAM MUST DIE! But the amazing thing is, HE IS ALREADY DEAD, for THE LAST ADAM (Jesus Christ) HAS DIED, having tasted DEATH for EVERY MAN. Paul simply says, "Knowing this that OUR OLD MAN (ADAM) IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM (Christ) that the BODY OF SIN (ruled by the MAN OF SIN) might be DESTROYED, that from henceforth, we should not serve SIN". Rom. 6:6. How incredible it is, that for all these years we have been ruled by SOMEONE who GOD says IS DEAD, but who WE SAY IS STILL ALIVE. As long as YOU BELIEVE ADAM is alive IN YOU, you shall be "DEAD" in your consciousness of GOD.

The whole WORLD HAS BELIEVED THAT LIE, but THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.

Until the MAN OF SIN has been REVEALED, the LORD cannot come to His Temple. "YOUR" Temple will never manifest Christ, until the MAN of SIN has been REMOVED and all authority taken from him. All of your striving and religious efforts, good though they may be, cannot prepare the Temple for the Lord. Most of the preaching today is directed towards making us fit to be an habitation of the Lord, but unfortunately it almost always involves SELF EFFORT, and therefore must fail. Jesus did not send the Disciples to cleanse the Temple, for it would have been an impossible task for them, so HE WENT HIMSELF, because apart from Him, the HOUSE must remain desolate.

Even today, in the minds of most Christians, the Temple of God is associated with a physical BUILDING, but of course we call it a CHURCH. Some have matured enough to see that WE ARE THE CHURCH, and it has nothing to do with LOCALITY OR BUILDINGS.

But how few see THEMSELVES as THE HOLY TEMPLE OF THE LORD.

Then there is the DAY OF ATONEMENT when the High Priest Jesus Christ, is taking HIS OWN BLOOD right into the MOST HOLY PLACE WITHIN YOU, and is sprinkling it SEVEN times both ON and BEFORE the MERCY SEAT upon the ARK. From that moment, there is NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SIN, but we are declared RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST. It is a day for the AFFLICTING OF THE SOUL, which has aligned itself with the MAN OF SIN, and has manifested HIS character.

The SOUL must be brought into submission to THE SPIRIT WITHIN who IS GOD, thus manifesting HIS IMAGE and LIKENESS.

The FEAST of TABERNACLES begins on the FIFTEENTH DAY, which is the DAY AFTER THE SABBATH, the EIGHTH DAY, the DAY OF NEW BEGINNINGS, and a NEW LIFE. It coincided with the Priest bringing a pitcher of water from the Pool of Siloam and poured upon the altar, symbolic of the WATER that flowed from the ROCK in the wilderness journey of Israel.

At that moment Jesus brushed aside all the SYMBOLS and TYPES with which the people were familiar, and expressed the REALITY of which these types were mere shadows, and said, "If any man thirst let him come TO ME and drink; He that believeth on ME as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS INNERMOST BEING shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER". Many years before, the prophet Ezekiel had a vision of these waters issuing out from under the threshold of THE HOUSE. Ezek. 47:1. The ROCK, which provided water for Israel, was CHRIST, and when He takes up residence in His TEMPLE, the stream begins to flow. He is THE WELL the woman was told about, in John 4, which He said would be WITHIN, SPRINGING UP into everlasting LIFE. This beloved, is the GLORY REVEALED when THE LORD COMES TO HIS TEMPLE.

FIRST A FALLING AWAY

Before the COMING OF CHRIST to His Temple, Paul says, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come, EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION, Who OPPOSTETH and EXALTETH HIMSELF above all that is called GOD, or that is worshipped, so that HE AS GOD sitteth IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, showing himself that HE IS GOD". 2 Thess. 2:3-4.

It is most important that we be able to accurately identify who this person really is, because the REVELATION of WHO HE IS, M-U-S-T precede the revelation of CHRIST WITHIN US. This "Man of Sin" is referred to in other places as the ANTI-CHRIST, where "Anti" means INSTEAD OF, or as a substitute, hence Paul tells us that he takes God’s place in the "Temple of God" as if he were God. Countless books have been written on this "MAN", and many have tried to align him with various people involved with world events, in an attempt to identify him. In EVERY CASE we were misdirected as to where he might be located, because the TRUTH IS….. HE IS WITHIN YOU.

This "Man of Sin" is ADAM the natural man who dwells in all of us.

Remember what the serpent said to Eve in the Garden, "God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened, AND YE SHALL BE AS GODS". Since that day, "ADAM" saw himself SEPARATED FROM GOD and INDEPENDENT, living life OUT FROM HIMSELF. Hence this "Man of Sin" is number 666 that is spirit soul and body under the control of ADAM, the natural MAN. The "MYSTERY of INIQUITY" or lawlessness is already working within us, and is a MYSTERY because it has the same source as GODLINESS. For out of the spirit of man, flows GODLINESS and INIQUITY, a DUALITY the same as GOOD and EVIL flow from GOD.

Now having identified this "Man of Sin", how do we deal with him? The first thing is that we MUST RECOGNIZE WHO HE IS. Do not blame the devil, or your parents, or your wife or husband, do not blame society or the government. YOU are what you are, because the ‘NATURAL MAN ADAM" has authority and exercises control over your life. If you want to know what this MAN OF SIN looks like, just LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Do you think I am being too hard on you? His working is after the working of SATAN, who is more subtle than all the beasts of the field. He has been sitting IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, making you believe HE IS GOD for all these years, while you tried to find him in America or the Middle East.

Can you not see that this MAN OF SIN has to be revealed for WHO HE IS, before the Lord can ever come to His Temple. Listen to the effect this Anti-Christ has upon you. "That which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not, but what I hate THAT DO I. Now then it is no more I that do it, but SIN that DWELLETH IN ME. For I know that IN ME, THAT IS IN MY FLESH dwelleth NO GOOD THING; for to WILL is present with me, but how to perform that which is good, I FIND NOT…. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man, BUT I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my MIND, and bringing me into captivity TO THE LAW OF SIN, WHICH IS IN MY MEMBERS. (Not outside of me).

But some may protest that they have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, through faith, and been filled with the Spirit of God, so this cannot be true of me!!! Beloved, if our life does not manifest CHRIST every day, there is still some alien authority sitting in the Temple of God. The "money changer tables" are still there, speaking of the deceitfulness of the heart, and those who sold doves, making money out of the "Gift ministries", making the House of God A DEN OF THIEVES.

I am not seeking to condemn, but if the Man of Sin is not exposed, the TEMPLE OF GOD will remain devoid of the Divine presence. How then can we be rid of this IMPOSTOR? Do we have to fast and pray and plead with God for forgiveness? NO!! Listen to Paul’s words. "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the LORD SHALL CONSUME with the SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH, and shall destroy with the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING." The Spirit of His mouth, is the WORD OF GOD, that TWO EDGED SWORD that can divide between soul and spirit. You see, once the "Man of Sin" has been REVEALED, the "game" is over, and the deception has lost its power, then the Lord will suddenly come to His Temple, and destroy the usurper with the brightness of His Coming.

We must be clear about the nature of the BEAST WITHIN, for YOU may be the HOUSE OF GOD, without HIM being the GOD OF THE HOUSE, for ADAM may still hold authority.

Paul said, "Know ye not your body is the TEMPLE OF GOD". Here the analogy fits perfectly, for the Outer Court represents the BODY, which ENCLOSES the entire tabernacle. With the body we are in contact with the world around us, operating out of an "Appearance Consciousness", illuminated by "natural" light. Then as we move on we pass the first veil into the Holy Place, with a NEW ILLUMINATION now flowing out of the OIL burning in the Lamp Stand. In the Holy Place we have entered into the realm of PENTECOST, and our MIND needed some adjustment from its former function in the Outer Court. We needed a New Mind to operate in the Holy Place with the Golden Altar, the Table of Shew Bread, and the Golden Lamp Stand.

These were ALL MATERIAL THINGS, such as GOLD, and WOOD and OIL etc, yet they represented to our NEW MIND SPIRITUAL THINGS, which were INTANGIBLE. So Pentecost was this MIXTURE of the NATURAL with the SPIRITUAL, and its direction was towards man, for we must remember there was a VEIL that separated MAN in the Holy Place, from the REALITY OF GOD.

Pentecost is centered around activity and forms, none of which are wrong. But there is a HIGH CALLING in Christ, which brings us beyond the VEIL, and beyond all the types and shadows, into the REALITY, and WE TOUCH GOD.

Now before we leave this section concerning Pentecost, I want you to notice verse 9 in 2 Thess. 2.

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,..."

We have seen both in Pentecost and in the Charismatic movement, a very strong emphasis on miracles, which are so often used as a sign of God’s presence, and spirituality, and also to confirm and build personal ministry. But Paul here attributes THREE things to SATAN.
 
POWER, which is the Greek word DUNAMIS. Mighty works.
 
SIGNS, which is the Greek word SEMEION, meaning to indicate or signify. A miracle with an ethical end and purpose.

LYING WONDERS, which is the Greek word TERAS, meaning a prodigy or Omen, or terrifying works.

Miracles are not a real evidence of spirituality. Remember Pharaoh’s men could turn their rods into snakes just as Moses did! So in our progress to "perfection" we discover that we can function in the earth realm right up to that LAST VEIL. Hidden within the inner part of MAN lie powers, which are indeed awesome, and in the hands of the NATURAL MAN, can be devastating.

Beloved, the majority of Christians have failed to identify themselves with the TEMPLE of GOD, and so their "Christianity" is all EXTERNAL to them, with the ultimate goal being to live in some ethereal heaven, with a God who has never become an integral part of their lives, functioning from within their being. The Psalmist said, "The heavens declare the GLORY of the LORD, and the FIRMAMENT sheweth HIS HANDIWORK". Psalms 19:1. Sure, the natural heavens and the stars do declare the Glory of God, but,

THERE IS NOT A STAR IN ALL THAT HEAVEN, THAT CAN DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD WITH A CLARITY THAT CAN EXCEED HIS GLORY MANIFEST IN YOU HIS TEMPLE

My prayer for you is, "That the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, in the KNOWLEDGE of HIM; and the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the HOPE of HIS CALLING, and what are the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to HIS MIGHTY POWER." Eph. 1:17-19.

Amen.